Monday, 6 July 2015

BEAUTY: The Body Shop, Virgin Mojito Range

If you follow me on my social media, you will know that I am currently sitting by a pool with a delicious virgin strawberry daquiry (it's just after 1 here) in my hand which reminded me i needed to tell you about the virgin cocktail i have been loving at home recently!

This post is up a little late which is a pain but I just want happy with the photos. I'm the mean time, I have actually been using and loving both of these products, they smell amazing and are so refreshing and uplifting on a hot sunny morning like the ones we are finally having. I love the fresh lime and mint smell which as well as their usual nourishing and hydrating body butter, I have also been using the body splash - it's something a bit new for me. I have been using VS body sprays for as long as I can remember and its a similar thing although hit doesn't come with a spray so its a bit harder to use but the smell makes up for it so I don't mind! 

Have Your Tried The Virgin Mojito Range?

Friday, 3 July 2015

FASHION: Lace Up Heels

This is the perfect simply little evening outfit. It my kind of clubbing outfit although it would work well for dinner just the same - its so simply it would be great for anything!

I got this top on my little trip to New Look last week but I'm not sure sure if I want to keep it or not. Its a super cool faux suede black vest top but it annoys me that it's not a real deep black - especially in these photos.

One thing I definitely wont be taking back are the lace up heels* - I absolutely love them and they are pretty cheap at £25. I'm sure you have noticed that the lace up look is big among bloggers at the moment but it really is a nice change for me becuase when I go out in proper heels, I usually stick to my plain black peep toes becuase I know I can walk in them. These are great because they feel so securely tired around my feet that they are quite easy to walk in!

Thursday, 2 July 2015

WISHLIST: New Look Picks

I think its about time for another of my New Look wishlists and with us being right in the midst of festival and holiday season I am definitely on the look out for a whole load of new clothes. It looks like I'm more into that fashback, 70s style than I thought becuase I loved so many pieces from their collection although theres alot of my usual style with the blacks and bright colours!
So now I like tan ok - never before have I been drawn to the colour until now. I haven bought any yet but after seeing this dress in the sale, I will be off to the shop to get myself one! Plus I really love the shape of these shorts! 

New Look are known for their cool clutches from the doughnut (which I have) to the chocolate bar and now some pretty fruit for the summer! I love all the bright colours!
 
I have no idea why I like these mules and although they are black and chunky they really arent my usual style for a shoe but I really do love them.

This gypsy top just reminds me of being young. I love the strechy material and the whole off the shoulder thing too! I want one in every colour

Whats On Your Current Wishlist?

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

LIFESTYLE: Picnic With Greggs Balanced Living

When Greggs said they were going to send me a hamper to help me have a great picnic with their new Balanced Choice Range I was not expecting them to send me such a lovely hamper complete with knives, forks, plates and even salt and pepper shakers. Along with that was a picnic blanket and two bottles of prosecco but we ended up saving those because it was too hot for alcohol.
I love all these sorts of fun campaigns because to be honest, at the start I was also not expecting too much from the food as I thought it was just pasties, sausage rolls and bread and apart from a cake or two, that's not really my kind of thing but after a quick trip down the road to my very local branch I was surprised to find some really tasty and healthy looking food. Again, I was also pretty surprised at how much I got for £10.
Once everything was packed away in my lovely new hamper, we walked over to the field just behind my house and set up camp with my snazzy new picnic blanket. Of course we were super excited to tuck in and everything was getting hot in the sunshine so after a few snaps, the camera went back in the bag and we spend the afternoon out in the sun, eating.
My sandwich was a picnic perfect soft, sub roll stuffed with ham and fresh, crisp salad. I really enjoyed that! The cold pasta is not my kind of thing but seemed to go down well as did all the cakes. OK so they aren't part of the Balanced Living range but I have always loved a bakery cake as a treat so I grabbed a doughnut, chocolate star and a pink iced bun for us to share along with a couple of Gu puds that were sitting in the fridge. 
We kept it healthy with vite coco coconut water, granola pots and lots of fruit to snack on in between our cakes and sandwiches haha. I enjoy eating fruit much more when its warm outside.

Big thanks to Greggs for helping me have the best picnic! I can't wait for my next one! 

Monday, 29 June 2015

FASHION: The Perfect Off The Shoulder Top

I bought this top last Sunday while I was out shopping with my mum and brother. We had gone out to get him a suit for his prom and I wasn't really looking to buy anything but when I spotted this top, I couldn't leave New Look without it.

This sort of style is so popular at the moment and I have been looking for the perfect one but they are all so different so it has been hard. Now that I have found the perfect white one, I want a similar top in black - possibly the same one haha - plus I want both black and white in dress versions too!

Here I have styled it up perfectly for England - it's a summery top but I've paired it with jeans so I wont get too chilly. This sort out outfit would be perfect for drinks outside somewhere pretty or even shopping because these Ruby Shoo heels* are one of the most comfy pairs of heels I own. I am looking forward to styling it a bit more summery though - I have lots of ideas for this top!

It was also a great chance to give my new Ray Bans* from Amazon.co.uk a whirl and I have fallen in love with them. I think they are my favorite pair so far - I just love how bold the wayfarer shape is. 

Friday, 26 June 2015

LIFESTYLE: Cafe Rouge, Loughton

Last week I was invited to to review somewhere in Essex, how exciting! Of course since there were no trains involved on her part, my mum wanted to come along on this one! It was nice to be invited back to a restaurant that I have been to many times with her in the past - Cafe Rouge, Loughton.
A lovely place to spend a sunny evening, we sat right at the back where there was an entrance to their garden seating. We started with olives and bread. Neither of us usually eat bread but today we forgot about that and went all out it was just too temping.
For starters we both went for snails, an old favourite of mine and something new for mum, she usually has the pate but was very pleased with her new choice as was I. They were served differently from how I remember and looked more like a pie with a yummy pastry layer over the top of the dish.
I was super sad that they had run out of mussels as I was really looking forward to that for my main so instead I went for the goats cheese and beetroot tart which was light and creamy - perfect for the warm summery evening.
Mum had beef bourguignon which looked delicious although it was a little bit rich for me, she really enjoyed it though!
My mum likes to ask all sorts of annoying questions when we go out to eat, "is this better than that" and "what would you recommend?" but both the GM and our waiter were amazing when it came to answering. They knew exactly what was what and had great advice and recommendations for us on every course.

Which brings us onto dessert. We couldn't decide between the chocolate fondant or lemon tart so I was pretty pleased when I spotted the trio of dessert which had both of them. The third one though was a tart tatin which neither of us fancied so we asked some more questions and our waiter recommended that we tried their chili chocolate and lime sorbet so we went with that and I'm so glad we did because it was my favourite part of the dessert. All three parts were actually delicious but the sorbet was so refreshing and tasty. I would love to try their other flavours.
To finish off I had a fresh mint tea and mum a cappuccino.
Let's just say we left suitably stuffed and very satisfied having enjoyed a lovely dinner.

Have You Been To Cafe Rouge Lately?

*Cafe Rouge kindly covered the meal in return for my review. All opinions are 100% honest.
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Thursday, 25 June 2015

BEAUTY: Superdrugs Own Brand Swap

This Summer, Superdrug are encouraging shoppers to take on the Swap Shop money saving challenge. This means trying to get people to replace the expensive branded products that they would usually buy, for cheaper own brand stuff. Apparently, the average Brit could save over £150 year by making the swap on their everyday beauty and toiletries! 

Superdrug asked me what my most used branded Summer essentials were and sent me a selection of own brand alternative to see what I thought. They also told me that by doing this, I would have saved myself £19. I know this is bad but I don't really use products and only buy things when I'm going on holiday so these are my Holiday Essentials!

Simple Make Up Wipes
I dont wear as much make up as the average 21 year old girl so make up wipes arent a huge deal for me. If they take off my eyeliner then they do their job so I would happily do this swap.

Hawaiian Tropic VS - Solait Sun
Suncream is suncream but I love Hawaiian Tropic for its fun packagings and its amazing smell - I look at it as a holiday treat. I'd happily use Solait for England but if im going on holiday, I'd much prefer Hawaiian Tropics and its coconutty smell. 

Bic Razors
Bic are super cheap razors and theyre disposable which makes them great for holidays. I buy them at £1.49 for 10 razors. The cheapest set of razors on the superdrug website (cant find these ones) are £1, in the sale from £1.99, for 3 razors. I actually think my usual are much better value for money.

Herbal Essences Shampoo & Conditioner
Again, this stuff does its job but I much prefer the fun packaging and smells of Herbal Essences which I use all year around.

Original Source Shower Gel
This is one that I acutally would be happy with rather than what I usually use for holiday. It looks fun and it smells great although at home, I would much rather stick to my Lush favorurites!

Batiste Mini Dry Shampoo
Another one that I use all year around although I just really dislike the can here - it reminds me of being at school for some reason. I'm starting to realise that packaging is a really big thing for me!
I also told them I usually buy ear plugs, new nail files and mini deoderants for my holiday but they didnt sent those which brings me to think that Superdrugs own brand dont acutally stock everything that I would need. I may have saved £19 but for me, holidays are about relaxation and luxury and if its means I have to spend that little bit more to enjoy my products then with most things, I would.

How Much Would You Save?

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

WISHLIST: Summer Holiday

This week I have been shopping mad. I dont usually buy that much but I have realsied that I really dont have as much summer stuff as I thought, its all crop tops and shorts which I have been wearing for years so its definitely time for an update! 

I'm on the hunt for the perfect bardot dress and I really like this one. I want one in black and one in white - I love this style in black with the elacticated waist, although its a little bit more casual than I am looking for in the white so the hunt continues!
 
I am starting to take more of a fancy for designer accesorise recently and I know I'm abit late on this but how cute are these lip clutches?! I want one in every colour.

I love the shape of these!

The two that I want are actally some of their older designs but still my favourite. My last one was bandeau so I would be intersted to see how the traingle ones conpare. They are such great quality and I really fancy getting another one but which one?!
 
Have you ever felt the need to slurdge on a really good quality plain white tee? I feel like I should just get one instead of buying a cheao primark one every few months.

I have these in white from last summer and they are so comfy - perfect for exploring all the shops and restursnts during the day.

 Whats On Your Summer Wishlist?

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

LIFESTYLE: Looking After Your Pet With FRONTLINE

Walking Molly is one of those things in our house - when I'm at home, in bed, I hate being asked to walk her and so does everyone else but when I'm up and ready I quite like taking her out for a walk in the fields. I dont really like living in the middle of no where (Epping Forest) but it is perfect for walking Molly.

When I started working in March, I kinda missed spending the time with her because I was never at home when she needed walking. I still manage to squeeze in a walk every now and then when the sun is still out and I am feeling particularly energetic when I get home from work.
FRONTLINE® Spot On, has launched a new campaign for the summer with Ruth Langsford (from  Loose Women and This Morning) highlighting the close bond between pet owners and animals and how pets and owners can ‘enjoy the good times’. Together they have created a series of videos giving pet owners helpful tips, I found this one particularly interesting.

To watch the series of Ruth’s videos, visit: 

Website: uk.frontline.com 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/FrontlineSpotOn 
Twitter: @FrontlineSpotOn

Monday, 22 June 2015

LIFESTYLE: Glasses Direct

When  I was 11, I had to start wearing glasses. I picked out the most hardly there looking ones with very thin silver frames so that it wasn't something you noticed about me. My mum let me have Armani ones to make it a bit better. 
 
10 years later and I now have to wear glasses to see everything. I did think about laser eye surgery with Optical Express but I'm not sure I'm ready for that. So I've s tuck with the glasses and until a few months ago I was still wearing super subtle frames (D&G of course haha.) But over the past few years, thick glasses have become a bit of a fashion statement and after Andrew taking the plunge and ordering himself a pair of Ray Bans, I started to like the way thick frames looked. So when the opportunity arose for me to get a prescription pair from Glasses Direct I was excited to see they had a Ray Bans section and I just went for it. It was time to get some thick frames.

It was much easier to order online than I thought. I had an eye test that week so all I had to do was send over my numbers and then the glasses arrived a week later.
 I love being able to switch between thick frames and my normal glasses depending on how I feel. Thick frames are much more of a statement but sometime I love that. Although I try to wear my frameless pair when I'm with Andrew or we can end up looking like twins haha.

Top* - Blue Inc
Shorts - Primark
Shoes* - Master Shoe
Glasses* - Ray Ban Glasses at Glasses Direct